With the Canadian Hockey League populated by players whose ages range from 16-20 years, it’s rare for a 17 year old to be leading the scoring race for any position in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
However, Jeremy Roy is no ordinary 17 year old.
The rearguard for the Sherbrooke Phoenix looks like a seasoned veteran and plays an intelligent defensive game that benefits his team whenever he’s on the ice.
Roy and the Phoenix currently sit in second place in the QMJHL. In 14 games, the smooth skating defenseman from Richelieu, Quebec, has two goals and 12 points; good for first among defenseman in the league. It’s clear that Roy’s poise and ability to control the play have been key factors in Sherbrooke’s success so far this season.
Future Consideration’s Scouting Director Dan Stewart describes Roy as “a versatile, safe, two-way defender who plays a pro-style game by moving the puck quickly, utilizing his physical strength and showing no objection to throwing his weight around when the opportunity presents itself.”
Roy uses all of his 6’0, 180 pound frame to his advantage, uses his body to shield the puck, as well as punish forwards along the boards. He is mobile with and without the puck, and his effortless stride propels him up and down the ice; putting him in the right position to make a play. Roy’s positioning is elite, and allows to him slow the game down and control the pace.
Stewart adds that “[Roy] has a strong point shot and makes accurate outlet passes. He has gotten off to a solid start in Sherbrooke this year making contributions on both sides of the puck.”
On the power play Roy has seven points — all assists — showing his skill at quarterbacking an effective unit on the man advantage. His shot from the point is a consistent threat to score. When opponents clog the shooting lanes, he is quick to find an open teammate.
Roy showcases his leadership qualities as an alternate captain for the Phoenix this season. The Phoenix, who happen to be the second youngest team in the QMJHL, have been following Roy’s lead and are playing older than their age would suggest; showing that they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Roy has all the qualities NHL teams look for in a top defenseman. His two way ability, poise with the puck, and leadership qualities will have his name called early in June. His ability to help his team win hockey games will have him on the blue line of an NHL team in the near future.